8:30 LRN Newscast

At the state capitol, the Louisiana House approved a Senate-backed bill that would prohibit transgender girls from playing female sports in Louisiana. Opponents say the legislation is unnecessary and mean-spirited, but Baton Rouge Representative Rick Edmonds disagrees…
cut 15 (10) “….female sports”
The bill heads back to the Senate for agreement on a minor amendment and then it heads to the governor’s desk.

Legislation requiring written and oral permission from a parent or guardian before a school administers a vaccine to a child receive full House approval. Houma Representative Beryl Amedee says there were cases in Louisiana of kids forging a parental permission slip and getting the COVID shot. She says some school administrators asked her to file the bill to help protect them from liability…:
Cut 11 (13) “…got a shot?”

Baton Rouge Republican Congressman Garret Graves confirms to the USA Today Network he is considering a run for governor. The 50-year-old says nearly a thousand people have encouraged him to run. But Graves says 100-percent of his focus is on his re-election campaign and his job now in Congress.

Cleco is spreading the word on how you can save on your energy costs this summer. David Grubb has more…
Cut 2 (33) “…I’m David Grubb.”

7:30 LRN Newscast

A bill to ban transgender athletes from playing women’s sports will return to the Senate after passing through the House on a 72 to 21 vote yesterday. This is the same legislation responsible for last year’s historic veto session Metairie Representative Laurie Schlegel presented the bill.
cut 13 (09) “….sports”
She’s referring to transgender swimmer Lia Thomas who won an NCAA women’s championship. The bill needs Senate approval of a minor amendment and then it heads to the governor’s desk.

Either today or tomorrow, the full Senate will debate the budget bill that contains a 15-hundred dollar pay raise for teachers. But Louisiana Association of Educators President Doctor Tia Mills believes the raise should be two-thousand dollars to help curb a teacher shortage…
cut 5 (10) “…than later”
The Southern Regional Average is 55-thousand dollars, while the average teacher pay in Louisiana is 51-thousand.

The Louisiana House approves a bill that would require a parent or guardian to sign a written form and also confirm orally before a vaccine is administered to a child at school. The bill’s author is Houma Representative Beryl Amedee…
cut 12 (11) “….given permission”
The measure passed on a 65-31 vote and heads to the Senate.

With air conditioners already working overtime due to the 90-plus temperatures, Cleco is telling customers to use L-E-D lightbulbs and regularly replace air conditioner filters in order to help save a few dollars on the energy bill. Cleco spokesperson Fran Phoenix says for more tips go to cleco-dot-com-slash watt matters…
cut 9 (12) “….summer months”

6:45 LRN Sportscast

Brayden Jobert hit two home runs as the LSU Tigers got back in the win column last night with a 19-7 win over Northwestern State. The Tigers now head to Nashville where they’ll wrap up SEC play with a three-game series versus Vanderbilt. The Demons begin Southland Tournament play in Lake Charles on Thursday as they’ll face Nicholls. .

The Ragin Cajuns allowed two hits and Will Veillon hit a pinch-hit home run as U-L Lafayette defeated the Colonels six to one last night. UNO scored two runs in the eighth to beat Southern five to four.

At the state capitol, the Louisiana House approved a Senate-backed bill that would prohibit transgender girls from playing female sports in Louisiana. Opponents say the legislation is unnecessary and mean-spirited, but Baton Rouge Representative Rick Edmonds disagrees…
cut 15 (10) “….female sports”
The bill is one stop away from reaching the governor’s desk.

Matt McMahon has completely remade the LSU basketball roster in a matter of weeks. After essentially having no players six weeks ago, he completed his 2022 class with the signing of 6-10 center, Shawn Phillips Jr., out of Arizona. McMahon’s class is now ranked 13th with the addition of Phillips, a four-star recruit. Advocate sportswriter Sheldon Mickles is impressed…
Cut 16 (15) “…on the roster.”
Mickles says Phillips is the fourth player on McMahon’s roster six foot ten or taller.

The Pelicans will pick eighth in the upcoming NBA draft. New Orleans had a 26-percent chance to land a top-four pick in last night’s lottery. But because of the Anthony Davis trade, New Orleans still gets a chance to pick eighth after making the playoffs.

6:30 LRN Newscast

A bill that would prohibit biological males from playing female sports as a transgender girl is one step closer to final legislative passage. The House approved the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act on a vote 72-21. Shreveport Representative Sam Jenkins says the legislation is an attack on vulnerable transgender children…
cut 14 (12) “….an attack”
A minor amendment was added to the bill so it goes back to the Senate for final legislative approval.

Near-record highs again today as air conditioners are already getting a workout across the state. Cleco spokesperson Fran Phoenix says their Watt Matters campaign has suggestions on how to save a few dollars on your energy bill…
cut 7 (11) “….energy usage”
For more information go to cleco-dot-com/wattmatters.

The two largest teacher unions in the state join forces and tell lawmakers the proposed fifteen-hundred dollar pay raises aren’t enough. Brooke Thorington has more.
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LRN AM Newscall May 18

The two largest teacher unions in the state join forces and tell lawmakers the proposed fifteen-hundred dollar pay raises aren’t enough. Brooke Thorington has more.

Cut 1 (32) “…I’m Brooke Thorington.”

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Cleco is spreading the word on how you can save on your energy costs this summer. David Grubb has more…

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The state House passes a bill banning schools from giving COVID shots without parental approval. More from Kevin Gallagher…:

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The Louisiana Association of Educators and the Louisiana Federation of Teachers joined forces at the state capitol in an effort to convey their disappointment with the proposed education pay increase for next year’s budget. The budget approved by Senate Finance sets aside $1,500 raises for teachers, instead of the original request of $2,000 by the governor. LFT President Larry Carter…

Cut 4 (09)  “…now.”

Support staff is set to receive a $750 pay raise instead of the requested $1,000 increase.

The average annual pay for public school teachers in Louisiana is $51,500. The teacher’s unions displayed a photo of a billboard recruiting teachers to Texas with a starting pay of more than $58,000.

And while Louisiana teachers have received raises totaling $3,300 in last four years, their pay ranks 12th among 16 other southern states and well below the southern regional average. LAE President Dr. Tia Mills says she would like to think lawmakers are concerned about the ongoing teacher and support staff shortage…

Cut 5 (10) “…than later.”

Carter says the less than anticipated raises in a time of record inflation will not go unnoticed. He says they plan to continue to lobby lawmakers for adequate raises in an effort to retain certified teachers.

Cut 6 (10)  “…or leave.”

Carter and Mills say neighboring states are taking advantage of the situation and luring educators away from the Bayou State.

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Cleco has been very proactive in finding ways to help its customers deal with rising fuel and energy costs. Their CARE program for low-income families is still accepting applicants through May 30, and now the energy provider has introduced the Watt Matters campaign says spokesperson Fran Phoenix…

Cut 7 (11) “…energy usage.”

The centerpiece of the campaign is teaching customers how to keep energy from escaping their homes through weatherization.

Cut 8 (12)  “…energy efficient.”

A Power Wise assessment comes at no cost to Cleco customers, and some assistance can be provided on the spot.

Many of the things that customers can do to reduce their costs are relatively simple, like using LED lightbulbs and regularly replacing air conditioner filters. To register for an assessment or to see what strategies can help in your home, Phoenix says to visit Cleco-dot-com and click on Watt Matters.

Cut 9 (12)  “…summer months.”

Using energy-saving devices and practicing energy efficiency can reduce customer bills anywhere from 10 to 25 percent.

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The full House advances a bill that would prohibit giving COVID shots – or any other vaccines – at public schools  unless parents give explicit permission. Terrebonne Parish Representative Beryl Amedee (BEAR-il AH-muh-day) says her bill would require schools obtain written permission to administer a shot, then follow that up with a verbal verification…:

Cut 10 (07) “…parental permission..”

Amedee says she brought the bill because – during the height of the pandemic – there were some cases in Louisiana of kids forging a parental permission slip and getting the shot. She says some school administrators asked her to file the bill to help protect them from liability…:

Cut  11 (13)  “…got a shot?”  

Amedee’s HB 427 would prohibit schools from administering vaccines on school property without written and verbal parental approval. She urges lawmakers to vote “yes”…:

Cut 12 (11) “…given permission.” 

The bill passed by a 65-to-31 vote, and now moves forward to the Senate.

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The Fairness in Women’s Sports Act bill will return to the Senate after passing through the House on a 72 to 21 vote with a minor amendment that will require Senate approval. This was the same legislation that was responsible for the historic veto session last year. Metairie Representative Laurie Schlegel presented the bill in the House.

Cut 13 (09) “…sports.”

She then referred to the transgender female swimmer that won an NCAA championship.

Shreveport Representative Sam Jenkins spoke in opposition to the bill, saying the bill is a solution to a problem that doesn’t exist in Louisiana. Jenkins says the bill is an attack on vulnerable transgender children.

Cut 14 (12)  “…an attack.”

Baton Rouge Representative Rick Edmonds, who spoke in favor of Franklinton Senator Beth Mizell’s legislation says that supporting the legislation does not make you a bully or anti-transgender.

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The bill was amended to remove intramural sports from the legislation and restricted to competitive sports in Louisiana public schools, colleges and universities.

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Matt McMahon has completely remade the LSU basketball roster in a matter of weeks. After essentially having no players six weeks ago, he completed his 2022 class with the signing of 6-10 center, Shawn Phillips Jr., out of Arizona. McMahon’s class was ranked 17th nationally before the addition of Phillips, a four-star recruit. Advocate sportswriter Sheldon Mickles is impressed…

Cut 16 (15)  “…on the roster.”

While the basketball program and the athletic department are still facing potentially harsh penalties from the NCAA, McMahon’s contract gives him security as he navigates this difficult period. Mickles points out that like any other coach McMahon would love to win now, but his eyes are on the future…

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LRN Legislative Report

The Fairness in Women’s Sports Act bill will return to the Senate after passing through the House on a 72 to 21 vote with a minor amendment that will require Senate approval. This was the same legislation that was responsible for the historic veto session last year. Metairie Representative Laurie Schlegel presented the bill in the House.

Cut 13 (10) “…sports.”

She then referred to the transgender female swimmer that won an NCAA championship.

Shreveport Representative Sam Jenkins spoke in opposition to the bill, saying the bill is a solution to a problem that doesn’t exist in Louisiana. Jenkins says the bill is an attack on vulnerable transgender children.

Cut 14 (12)  “…an attack.”

The bill was amended to remove intramural sports from the legislation.

The Louisiana Association of Educators and the Louisiana Federation of Teachers joined forces at the state capitol in an effort to convey their disappointment with the proposed education pay increase for next year’s budget. The budget approved by Senate Finance sets aside $1,500 raises for teachers, instead of the original request of $2,000, LFT President Larry Carter…

Cut 4 (09)  “…now.”

The full House advances a bill that would prohibit giving COVID shots at public schools unless parents give explicit permission. Terrebonne Parish Representative Beryl Amedee (BEAR-il AH-muh-day) says her bill would require schools obtain written permission to administer a shot, then follow that up with a verbal verification…:

Cut 10 (07) “…parental permission..”

The bill passed by a 65-to-31 vote, and now moves forward to the Senate.

5:30 LRN Newscast May 17

A bill to block teaching Critical Race Theory in Louisiana schools fails to pass the House Education. Bill author, St. Bernard Parish Representative Ray Garafalo  says there is indoctrination going on in our schools. But Homer Representative Patrick Jefferson says “prove that is so…”

PM Cut 12 (12) “…to me”  

Others felt it would be un-enforceable as law. The committee voted to defer Garafalo’s bill.

The Louisiana Association of Educators and the Louisiana Federation of Teachers joined forces at the state capitol in an effort to convey their disappointment with the proposed education pay increase for next year’s budget. The budget approved by Senate Finance sets aside $1,500 raises for teachers, instead of the original request of $2,000, LFT President Larry Carter…

AM Cut 4 (09)  “…now.”

Support staff is set to receive a $750 pay raise instead of the requested $1,000 increase.

The full House advances a bill that would prohibit giving COVID shots at public schools, unless parents give explicit permission. Terrebonne Parish Representative Beryl Amedee (BEAR-il AH-muh-day) says her bill would require schools obtain written permission to administer a shot, then follow that up with a verbal verification…:

AM Cut 10 (07) “…parental permission..”

The bill passed by a 65-to-31 vote, and now moves forward to the Senate.

4:45 LRN Sportscast May 17

LSU baseball finishes up the home portion of its schedule tonight against Northwestern State before heading to Nashville this weekend to face Vanderbilt. The Tigers have ridden a roller coaster in the rankings all season. The pressure to win in Baton Rouge is always there, and it has only intensified as LSU approaches 13 years since its last national championship. Coach Jay Johnson says he gets it, and he embraces it…otherwise he never would have accepted the job.

Cut 18 (20) “…would have that.”

The Tigers and Demons start play at 6:30 pm.

In Lafayette, U-L begins its final homestand of the season with a midweek matchup with Nicholls. Surging Southern takes on UNO.

The New Orleans Pelicans have a 99.6 percent chance of getting a top ten selection in tonight’s NBA Draft Lottery. Because the Lakers failed to make the postseason, their pick goes back to the Pels. While the most likely scenarios have the pick falling around the eighth or ninth spots, New Orleans does have a 26 percent chance of getting a selection in the top four.

Matt McMahon has completely remade the LSU basketball roster in a matter of weeks. After essentially having no players six weeks ago, he completed his 2022 class with the signing of 6-10 center, Shawn Phillips Jr., out of Arizona. McMahon’s class was ranked 17th nationally before the addition of Phillips.

LSU’s season opener against Florida State will be broadcast in prime time, as announced by ABC Sports. Game time for the Allstate Louisiana Kickoff at Caesars Superdome is scheduled for 6:30 pm on September 4.

McNeese racked up in the Southland Conference baseball awards. Payton Harden was named player of the year, with his coach, Jay Hill named coach of the year and teammates Grant Rogers and Cameron Foster collected pitcher of the year and reliever of the year honors respectively.

4:30 LRN Newscast May 17

Yesterday, I filled my tank and payed $3.93-a-gallon. Today the price was $4.19! That is, in fact, the statewide average price of regular gas. That beats the previous high of $4.16 set in March. Louisiana AAA fuel guy Don Redman says that’s 33-cents higher than just a month ago, and do you want to even know about a year ago?

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He says a good number of us may look to cancel summer travel plans or make shorter trips.

The full House passes a bill that would impose an annual road use fee on drivers of electric vehicles and hybrids. Baton Rouge Representative Barbara Frieberg’s bill proposes $110 yearly for EV cars and $60 yearly for hybrids…:

CUT 04(09)      “…enacted it yet.”

By a vote of 82-13, the bill passed and moves now to the Senate.

 

The FDA now recommends COVID booster shots for kids 5-to-11. Dr. Mark Kline is Chief Medical Officer at Children’s Hospital in New Orleans. He says the extra shots are a good idea for everyone; kids included…:

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He says the number of kids 5-to-11 that have had even one shot is very low.

The House has passed a bill that would prohibit giving out COVID shots at any Louisiana public school without obtaining parents’ permission. Terrebonne Parish Representative Baryl Amedee says putting her bill into law will mean less potential liability for school systems. The House voted 65-31 for the bill, sending it now to the Senate.

A carjacker in New Orleans sped off Monday with the car’s owner clinging to the hood. Cops saw that and stopped the car before it had gone more than three blocks; arresting the thug behind the wheel. The woman was not seriously hurt.

3:30 LRN Newscast May 17

At the State Capitol, a bill to block teaching Critical Race Theory in Louisiana schools fails to pass the House Education Committee. St. Bernard Parish Representative Ray Garafalo is the bill’s author, and says there is indoctrination going on in our schools. But Homer Representative Patrick Jefferson says “prove that is so”…:

CUT 12(12)      “…articulate to me?”

Others felt it would be un-enforceable as law. The committee voted to defer Garafalo’s bill.

A bill requiring folks that own electric cars or hybrids to pay a road usage fee passes the full House. Baton Rouge Representative Barbra Friedberg says people pay a gas tax for road maintenance and EV drivers need to have “skin in the game” too…:

CUT 03(07)      “…that privilege.”

The bill would dun EV drivers $110 yearly and hybrid drivers $60 yearly. It moves forward to the Senate.

 

Police in Broussard are investigating the death of a ten-month-old infant and the critical beating of a 2-year-old. Few details are known at this time, but we do know a 49-year-old, Tammy Clause, is charged with 2nd-degree murder and cruelty to a juvenile.

Louisiana marks another all-time high at the gas pump today. Brooke Thorington has more…:

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